IAEM Dispatch
Nov. 7, 2013

Obama signs executive order to improve federal response to climate change
The Washington Post
A year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday to make it easier for states and local governments to respond to weather disasters. The executive order establishes a task force of state and local officials to advise the administration on how to respond to severe storms, wildfires, droughts and other potential impacts of climate change. The task force includes governors of seven states — all Democrats — and the Republican governor of Guam, a U.S. territory. Fourteen mayors and two other local leaders also will serve on the task force. All but three are Democrats.More

Appointment of new FEMA Region II Administrator announced
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate on Nov. 1 announced the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Hatfield as FEMA Region II Administrator. Jerome Hatfield is a 27-year veteran of the New Jersey State Police, where he commanded more than 800 enlisted, professional and administrative staff. As Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security, he oversaw more than 80 state and federal grant programs. LTC Hatfield has served as a member of the National Advisory Council to FEMA, and is Vice Chair of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), which is responsible for conducting nationwide assessments of state, territorial, federal and local emergency management and homeland security programs. Additionally, he has led EMAP liaisons to Kenya in support of international assessments conducted in conjunction with the Department of Defense (U.S. African Command) and the Center for Disease and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM).More

Would you like to have some photos from the 2013 Annual Conference?
Visit the website of our professional photographer, LR Peck Photography, to view and purchase photos taken at the IAEM 2013 Annual Conference in Reno, Nev. Click on the IAEM Logo icon to get to the section of photos from our conference. The photos will be available until Jan. 31, 2014.More

Complete the IAEM 2013 Annual Conference Survey by Nov. 22: Last chance to win a complimentary registration to IAEM 2014
Conference attendees are asked to complete the IAEM Annual Conference Survey, so that your input will be part of plans to make future IAEM Annual Conferences even better. Please take the time now to complete the survey. The deadline is Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. The survey is located under the survey icon on the conference app. Note there are 2 pages of icons and it is located on the second page. Click here from your device to download the app now. If you don't have a smart phone, click here to view the web-based version of the app. This is your last chance to be entered to win a complimentary registration to the 2014 IAEM Annual Conference in Reno!More

Looking for a PowerPoint Presentation of a speaker at the IAEM 2013 Annual Conference?
Look no further than the IAEM2go conference App. If you haven't already done so, click here from your device to download the app now. All speakers' PowerPoint presentations are located under their session in the documents file. Go to the program icon, search by day, track, category or speaker, find the session you are looking for, scroll down to the documents section, and click on the PowerPoint file. If you don't have a smart phone, click here.More

NFPA launches refreshed older adult fire and fall safety program
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on Oct. 30 released a new version of Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults. Program materials, available for download at no cost, are widely used by fire departments and other safety educators interested in reaching older adults with fire and fall prevention messages developed especially for them. The revised program includes updated fire and fall statistics, safety messaging, trivia, artwork, and inclusion of "younger" older adults. Since 1999, Remembering When has been implemented in communities throughout North America to help thousands of older adults learn strategies to help them live safely at home for as long as possible. All of the revised training materials are available online.More

The key role of mainstream media in disaster management
Thomas Reuters Foundation
Ever since the Haiti earthquake in 2010, social media has become an essential tool for managing emergencies as the combined power of social networks, mobile phones and mapping technology provides citizens with an unprecedented opportunity to seek help in a disaster. Using Twitter as a basis for crisis maps is now commonplace, while news media have become increasingly digital and can be analyzed in real time for disaster management purposes. More

The past and future of emergency management: An interesting infographic
Emergency Management
Like video, infographics are increasingly necessary to quickly communicate a lot of information in a very "snackable" form. This infographic offers some interesting perspective on disasters and major events as well as shows you why infographics are increasingly important in crisis and emergency communications. More

An emergency shelter that assembles in 5 hours
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians are still living tents three years after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake occurred west of Port-au-Prince. And while tents do have their merits — cheap and fast to set up — they're not really meant to be more than just temporary relief. Constructing a custom-built structure, on the other hand, is too time consuming and expensive.More

Plan today for your 2014 certification training
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Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program applications period closes Dec. 6
The Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) application period opened Monday, Nov. 4 and closes on Dec. 6, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Information on the grants and application assistance tools are available on the grant website. Regional workshops are recommended to provide guidance. More

Philippines braces for super typhoon
The Wall Street Journal
Philippine disaster officials have hoisted the highest warning alert level over a “super typhoon” that could directly hit the central part of the Southeast Asian country on Friday, including areas recently devastated by a massive earthquake. Glaiza Escullar, a forecaster of the weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, said that Haiyan is already packing central winds of 150 kilometers per hour. It could strengthen as it hovers above the Pacific Ocean, picking up more moisture and heat that adds to its intensity.More

Nigeria building collapse kills four, traps 50 workers
A four story building collapsed in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, killing at least four construction workers, the Red Cross said, and leaving around 50 workers trapped inside the rubble, according to witnesses. The incident happened on a construction site in a street on the prestigious Victoria Island, in a lagoon set back from the Atlantic, home to some of Africa's most expensive real estate.More

TSA to examine policies after LAX shooting
The Washington Post
Federal authorities moved quickly in response to the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, filing charges the next day against the alleged gunman who fatally shot one officer of the Transportation Security Administration and wounded at least two others. While law-enforcement action has been swift, examining related TSA policies, including safety issues and screening rules, will take more time.More

4000-pound, World War II bomb forces mass evacuation in Germany
CBS News
German authorities safely defused a huge bomb left over from World War II after evacuating large parts of the western city of Dortmund. More than 20,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Dortmund as authorities prepared to take action following the bomb's discovery. The 4,000-pound bomb was uncovered after experts analyzed old aerial photographs while searching for unexploded ordnance dropped by Allied aircraft over Germany's industrial Ruhr region.More

Indonesia volcano erupts, forces evacuation of 1,300 people in Sumatra
International Business Times
One of Indonesia's volcanoes erupted recently, shooting a cloud of black ash and rocks nearly two miles into the sky. Authorities are evacuating residents who live in villages along the slopes of Mt. Sinabung in North Sumatra. Channel News Asia reported that 1,300 people have already had to flee their homes. The Indonesian government raised the threat level to stand-by, the second-highest level, after the number of volcanic quakes increased. According to the National Disaster Management Agency, four villages within three kilometers of the volcano were emptied.More

Dangerous rip currents, floods for coastal Southeast
The Weather Channel
Despite the lack of coastal storms and tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Basin, dangerous surf, strong rip currents and coastal flooding have become a nuisance along the coasts of east Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Strong high pressure swirling off the Canada Maritimes coupled with lower pressure in the Caribbean Sea have left the Florida and Georgia coasts caught in the middle with strong easterly onshore winds, which will make for an ugly few days in the Sunshine State.More